Let New York City sweep you up in a springtime embrace with the very best of opera and symphonic performances at the city’s iconic performing venues.

At a Glance

  • Enjoy among the best seats in the house for ten performances in three of New York’s iconic performing venues
  • Attend world-class productions of the Metropolitan Opera, including The Magic Flute, Salome, The Barber of Seville and Aida
  • Marvel at the New York Philharmonic’s versatility and virtuosity, and hear the superb Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Enrich your understanding of the music with private pre-performance talks by your tour leader, music spcialist Marshall McGuire
  • Stay in superlative comfort at a deluxe five-star hotel opposite Central Park, within easy walking distance of the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall

Attend four operas on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Strauss’s Salome, Verdi’s Aida and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

Also at the Lincoln Center, witness two concerts by the New York Philharmonic: one conducted by renowned Australian conductor Simone Young and the other by the illustrious conductor Iván Fischer.

Experience four concerts at Carnegie Hall, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons with celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Met Orchestra Chamber Ensemble conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and recitals by pianist Emmanuel Ax and Swedish soprano Nina Stemme.


23 April – 04 May 2025 (12 days)

Tour leader

Marshall McGuire

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Arrive in New York on suggested flights and check in to the hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements, including flights, a private airport transfer, a room category upgrade and travel insurance (a condition of travel).

After breakfast, join tour leader Marshall McGuire for a welcome briefing and pre-performance talk about the coming days’ performances. Afterwards, enjoy a private, guided tour of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), often identified as the most influential museums of modern art in the world. The museum’s collections offer an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture and photography.

In the evening, enjoy an early dinner before a short walk to Carnegie Hall to attend a performance of the glorious Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of esteemed chief conductor Andris Nelsons perform an exciting program featuring two Shostakovich symphonies, with celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Shostakovich – Cello Concerto No.1
Shostakovich – Symphony No.11, The Year 1905


This morning, transfer by coach to the superb Neue Galerie for a private, guided tour. The museum houses an impressive collection of Austrian and German art from the early twentieth century, including works by Gustav Klimt and Max Beckmann.

In the evening, walk to the Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center to see the New York Philharmonic (conducted by the Hungarian-born Iván Fisher) perform with special guest violinist Lisa Batiashvili.

Mozart – Violin Concerto No.4
Bartók The Wooden Prince (complete)


After a pre-performance talk in the morning, explore the Morgan Library, a treasure trove of literary and historical artifacts. The library’s collection includes an array of rare manuscripts, early printed books and literary artifacts, with highlights such as original works by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.

In the early evening enjoy dinner before attending the Metropolitan Opera’s ingenious production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Conducted by Evan Rogister, tenor Ben Bliss and soprano Golda Schultz lead the cast as the noble lovers Tamino and Pamina.


Enjoy the morning at leisure before walking to the Met to attend the monumental production of Verdi’s Aida. The title role is sung by Angel Blue, who makes her long-awaited Met debut in the role. Mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča plays Aida’s rival Amneris and her male counterpart, Radamés, is played by internationally renowned tenor Piotr Beczała. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium as conductor for the new staging, bringing audiences inside the towering pyramids of ancient Egypt.


Spend the morning at leisure to relax or to explore one of the many nearby museums or enjoy a stroll through Central Park. In the early-afternoon take an exclusive behind the scenes look on a private, backstage tour of the Met.

This evening, walk to Carnegie Hall for the superb Met Orchestra Chamber Ensemble for a program including Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

MahlerDas Lied von der Erde (arr. Schoenberg)


After breakfast, join Marshall for a pre-performance talk, then venture to The Met Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art, architecture and gardens of medieval Europe. Nestled in Fort Tryon Park, this unique museum is designed to resemble a European medieval monastery and contains the famous Unicorn Tapestries and medieval herb garden, which offers a peaceful retreat with breathtaking views of the Hudson River.

Tonight, at the Met, enjoy Strauss’s tragedy Salome. Headlining is South African soprano Elza van den Heever, who demands the head of Jochanaan, sung by celebrated baritone Peter Mattei. Tenor Gerhard Siegel is Salome’s lecherous stepfather, King Herod, with mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung as his wife, Herodias, and tenor Piotr Buszewski as Narraboth. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts tonight’s performance.


After breakfast, join Marshall for a pre-performance talk. Then, enjoy a guided visit of the Whitney Museum of American Art, which contains a full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art. Walk part of Chelsea’s High Line and discover Little Island park, before enjoying lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Tonight, once again at the Met, enjoy Rossini’s effervescent comedy The Barber of Seville. Isabel Leonard headlines as the feisty heroine, Rosina, alongside tenor Lawrence Brownlee as her secret beloved, Count Almaviva. Baritone Davide Luciano stars as Figaro, the infamous barber of Seville, with bass-baritone Peter Kálmán as Dr. Bartolo and bass Alexander Vinogradov as Don Basilio rounding out the principal cast. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts.


After breakfast, visit the Radio City Music Hall, where America’s most popular entertainers have thrilled audiences since 1932, and take a VIP tour of the rehearsal halls, dressing rooms and a complete view of the Roxy Suite. Lunch and the remainder of the afternoon are at leisure.

In the evening, revel in a recital of the renowned pianist Emanuel Ax at the iconic Carnegie Hall. In this performance, he treats listeners to musical fantasies by Beethoven, Robert Schumann and more.

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1, quasi una fantasia
Coriglianos – Fantasia on an Ostinato
Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, quasi una fantasia (Moonlight)
Schumann – Arabeske in C Major
Schumann  – Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17


This morning, explore the Park Avenue Armory on a private, guided tour. Originally built as a military facility in the 19th century, the Armory boasts a stunning array of period rooms designed by some of the most renowned architects and artisans of the era, including Louis Comfort Tiffany and Stanford White and are often transformed for innovative art installations, theatre productions, and concerts.

In the evening, return to Carnegie Hall to witness “the world’s reigning dramatic soprano” Nina Stemme in a rare New York performance. Stemme is joined by celebrated pianist Roland Pöntinen.

ElgarSea Pictures
Weill – Selected songs
WagnerWesendonck Lieder
Wagner – Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde


Enjoy a full day at leisure to visit a favourite store, museum, gallery or sight, before joining Marshall and fellow travellers for a special farewell dinner at the Met’s Grand Tier restaurant.

Then, hear the praised cellist Steven Isserlis join the New York Philharmonic, conducted by celebrated Australian Simone Young, for Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto.

Schumann – Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129
Bruckner – Symphony No.6


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements, including flights, a private airport transfer, a room category upgrade and travel insurance (a condition of travel).



Per person, twin-share

AUD 18,250

Single supplement

AUD 3,050

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 3,500

Second payment per person (due 22 November 2024)

AUD 4,500

Payment schedule

Deposit per person AUD 3,500
At time of booking

Second payment per person AUD 4,500
22 November 2024

23 January 2025

Room category upgrade available on request. Please enquire with us.

Tour price includes

  • Accommodation in a centrally-located, deluxe 5-star hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner); wines with meals
  • Category 1 tickets to all performances included in the itinerary, as indicated
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation throughout in comfortable air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, room service, etc.
  • Travel insurance: a condition of travel (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel
New York – JW Marriott Essex House New York*****

Room category upgrade available on request

N.B. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.

More Details

Tour code: ML2502

Fitness level: Moderate
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions here.

Suggested airline: Qantas
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.

In order to visit the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme, all Australian and New Zealand passport holders require an ESTA pre-authorisation application (to be completed online in advance of travel). Anyone who has visited Iran on or after 01 March 2011 or Cuba on or after 12 January 2021 is not eligible to travel with an ESTA and must apply for a visa to travel in or transit through the United States.

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